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Ali Velshi on Wednesday anchored MSNBC from Uvalde, Texas following the fatal school shooting massacre at Robb Elementary School.
Velshi interviewed journalist Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. The two described meeting after the fatal 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting.
Plohetski described his latest reporting on the alleged gunman.
He said, "oftentimes, after something like this happens, there is a deep desire for motive. People truly want to understand exactly why a person would have done what they did."
"I have learned one fact from law enforcement officials, and that is that the gunman's grandmother apparently worked at this elementary school, but that her employment stopped in May 2020. So, officials are trying to determine whether there is some connection there, or what exactly that connection is," he explained.
"But you certainly know, and I know from covering mass shootings, and other major crimes like this. that sometimes the real meaning dies with the person," he noted. "And so, that very well maybe what happened here."
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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that Daniel Defense — the company that manufactured a rifle used by the Uvalde, Texas school shooter — is abruptly pulling out of the upcoming National Rifle Association convention in Houston.
"Up until Wednesday afternoon,the company was to have occupied Booth 4839, conveniently close to the cafe at the George R. Brown Convention Center, amid what the NRA terms '14 acres of guns and gear,'" reported Michael Daly. "'GIVEAWAYS, DEMOS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES & MORE!' Daniel Defense had promised online. The items on display would have included the DDM4 V7 rifle, the model used with such horrific effect at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. 'A perfect rifle for everybody,' a Daniel Defense promotional video says."
The booth will now be occupied by NRA promoters themselves, where they will offer memberships, "commission based dealer programs," and other services.
"Daniel Defense may still benefit from Tuesday’s horror. The company reported that the 2012 slaughter of 20 kids and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut boosted sales to folks fearing an assault weapons ban," said the report. "The now $100-million-a-year company was founded by 59-year-old Marty Daniel of Georgia. He started out making garage doors after flunking out of Georgia Southern University twice before finally graduating. A company history on its website suggests he might not have gone into guns if he had been a better golfer."
The Sandy Hook massacre was committed with an AR-style rifle manufactured by Remington. That triggered a landmark lawsuit into whether Remington was marketing its products responsibly, which led to an out-of-court settlement with the victims' families for $73 million.
Daniel Defense's exit comes as other key attendees are under pressure to pull out. "American Pie" singer Don McLean, who was scheduled to give a performance, has backed out. Also scheduled to give speeches are former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX); Abbott has declined to answer questions about whether he will still attend.
On the same day as the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, staff at Kemble Elementary School in Sacramento, California discovered a handgun with a loaded magazine inside a second-grade student's desk.
Other students reportedly notified staff about the weapon.
Fox 40 in Sacramento interviewed Javier Delvalle, the father of a kindergarten student.
“Makes me not want to bring my daughter to school anymore,” he said.
“I’m just scared for them, you know? I mean, I heard about what happened yesterday in Texas on the news, but now, here at the school my daughter goes to? I don’t even want to bring my kids to school here anymore,” Delvalle said.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg understood Delvalle's apprehension.
“The fact that any gun with ammunition would be brought to any school is rightfully scary,” Steinberg said. “There are many questions. Where did the child get the gun? Where was the adult responsible? Why did the adult have that gun."
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